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Max's Oyster Bar

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964 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107-2102 (South Main Street)
+1 860-236-6299
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Wed 11:30 - 22:00
Thu - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We've eaten here several times, and always enjoy the service and the food. In warmer weather, dining al fresco is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and escape the hubbub inside. And although we don't eat oysters, we have had excellent meals.

Thank Icelandia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I live in West Hartford and Max's Oyster Bar Is one of the best in town that has many fine restaurants. Both lunch and dinners are outstanding. For lunch their chopped shrimp salad is excellent and for dinners any of their fish dinners are great. Their service and atmosphere are also outstanding. The only downside is that it can get... More 

Thank Larry L
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ate dinner here a couple weeks ago on a busy, Friday night and the meal and service were top notch. Key for me is keeping my water glass filled WITHOUT me having to ask and that was done throughout the meal. My friend and I both ordered beef and they were actually cooked exactly as ordered. I honestly don't experience... More 

Thank wtrcan
Atlanta, Georgia
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has a very comfortable atmosphere with excellent, attentive service that complements their delicious seafood fare. Order the seafood sampler which includes Oysters, Clams, Shrimp and some Lobster - you'll be amazed at the size of the shrimp (more like baby lobsters) which are delicious! Great bar with every top shelf bottle you can name - their Manhattans are... More 

Thank Joe D
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner for 6. 5 different entrees, everyone liked what they ordered. All the shellfish appetizers were great, very fresh. Nice atmosphere, wonderful service. Highly recommend.

Thank Lmaatlanta
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26 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped at Max’s for a pre-dinner drink and some oysters on the half shell. The restaurant was busy but we were lucky to get a seat at the bar. Had a couple drinks, which were tasty by the way. We sampled three different types of oysters (Emeralds, Blackberrys and Wellfleets) plus one big Cherrystone clam. They were fresh and well... More 

Thank leao74
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

The freshest oysters from all over. I mixed it up a little and had blue points as well as Wellfleets. My companion ordered a salmon dinner that looked like a work of art. Almost a shame to eat it, it was so beautiful. Presentation and freshness as well as a decent wine list earn Max's an A-plus! Andrea B Storrs,... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Methuen, Ma
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

It has been awhile since we frequented Max's Oyster. We started with Oyste's and deviled eggs, it doesn't get better than that. Next we had the rainbow trout, really outstanding. The service is the best I can recall. They still have it st Ma's.

Thank travelertoo61
Beacon Falls, Connecticut
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

My husband and I had a late lunch/ early dinner at Max's Burger in West Hartford CT. Our meal was delicious, nice presented by a very efficient and friendly server. I highly recommend a visit here!!!

Thank gkrose6
West Hartford, Connecticut
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Eclectic menu, superior seafood, beautifully prepared. And so noisy you lose your appetite even before you are served. Eat outdoors if at all possible or in the little alcove just inside the front door on the left. Or bring ear plugs!

Thank EHL275

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 40
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 964 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107-2102
    (South Main Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  West Hartford
  • Phone Number: +1 860-236-6299

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?